NASCO Institute 2018


NASCO Cooperative Education & Training Institute is widely recognized as one of the most important training and networking opportunities available to cooperative members, directors, staff, and managers. On November 2-4, 2018, about 400 participants from all over the United States, Canada, and beyond will converge in Ann Arbor, Michigan to share ideas, learn new skills, and take an in-depth look at issues affecting the cooperative movement worldwide.

Our conference offers a proven program to help empower and educate young people about cooperatives. For most participants the conference is the first introduction to cooperative sectors beyond their local co-op; this weekend immersion gives them a sense of the broader cooperative movement. Throughout the years, many attendees have gone onto pursue careers with cooperatives.


A Legacy of Cooperation

NASCO Institute 2018 will celebrate NASCO’s 50th anniversary, “A Legacy of Cooperation.” As a movement, we exist because of those who came before us. We will be taking a look through history and the lessons learned from co-ops and inter-cooperative initiatives in the past. Co-ops large and small have lessons to be shared from co-op experiences of inter-cooperation, experiments in direct democracy, innovative projects in sustainability, building regional networks by supporting allied movements for justice, and so many unique projects that can be taken as case studies for this year’s gathering.